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My other passion is motorbikes! I recently purchased the domain name <snip> and I was hoping to start a forum/community based on this.
I would like help in kicking this off and was wondering where do I start...
I'll understand if i dont get an answer as I have asked a pretty generalised question.
Thanks in advance for your help.
[edited by: engine at 9:12 pm (utc) on June 30, 2008]
[edit reason] no specifics, thanks [/edit]
Its a question of figuring out what software you want to use. i used phpbb and found it to be pretty good.
The second point is that even if things go well you are still looking at probably about 2 years of you promoting and posting to a mostly dead forum before it gathers any life of it's own. Maybe other industries have better numbers, but in both the forums I've started, they both had that two year timeperiod of hard slugging. It gets wearing after a year - continuing to find stuff to post when it seems like no one is reading.
wheel, thanks for the advice about "2 years", which although cautionary is also reassuring.
I agree with the advice to keep posting interesting things (not junk) even if it's just you talking to yourself for a long time. Every once in a while someone will drop by and see that you have interesting things to say, and you'll get the occasional visitor who comes from a search engine looking for the answer to a question you've posted about.
First make sure that there is not an established forum in your niche that is so firmly established that nobody would dream of going elsewhere.
Do you have connections with existing enthusiast groups? Use them to kick start interest (after priming the forum with a few topics). Don't forget press releases to printed enthusiast magazines and newsletters.
The technology is the easy bit.
In any event, setting up a forum is 1/10th the effort. The remaining is getting in gear, posting, gathering new members, and growing from there. Takes time and effort.